Ballot date announced for Pacific immigrants to New Zealand

12:35, June 08, 2011      

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A computerized draw this week will choose 1,500 Pacific islanders who will be allowed to migrate to New Zealand.

The annual immigration quota, which selects 1,100 Samoan, 250 Tongan, 75 Tuvalu and 75 Kiribati citizens wanting to move to New Zealand, will be drawn on June 10, Immigration New Zealand announced Wednesday.

Immigration New Zealand regional manager Pacific/Americas Alan Barry said the agency had received 7,132 applications this year, compared with 9,584 in last year's ballot.

Those selected in the ballots would be invited to apply for residence if they obtained a satisfactory job offer in New Zealand and met other immigration requirements, said Barry.

The result of the draw would be announced and published in the first week of July.

The Samoa Quota ballot would be drawn at the New Zealand High Commission Office in Apia and the Pacific Access Category quota would be drawn at the Immigration New Zealand Manukau branch in Auckland. The Pacific quota provides an opportunity for citizens of the Samoa and the Pacific Access Category nations to migrate permanently to New Zealand.

Source: Xinhua
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